Fractions are numbers that are used for measures and mathematical purposes. It is possible to write fractions in Word. If you go to Equation tools, you can type in the fractions in Word. A few fractions automatically switch to a fraction character if you are using the Math Autocorrect. This article will teach you how to write a mixed fraction in Microsoft Word in different ways.
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Limited mixed fraction convert automatically in Word
As you already know, there are only three fractions that automatically convert to a fraction character in Word. When you write the fractions 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 in Word, it changes into ¼, ½, ¾.
If it doesn’t convert automatically to a fraction, you can change it in the AutoCorrect box. You can open the AutoCorrect box by using a shortcut on your keyboard.
- Shortcut to open AutoCorrect box: Alt + T + A.
- First, press the ALT button, followed by T and A.
If the shortcut does not work, you have to open the Word Options box first. There are several ways to open the Word Options box, but we will guide you through the steps.
1 – Open the Word Options box
First, open your Word document > Then go to the File tab, and it will direct you to the front page.
Then click underneath on More > Options to open the Word Options box.
Or right-click anywhere on the ribbon > Select on Customize the Ribbon. This will also open the Word Options box.
2 – Make changes in the Word Options box
- In the Word Options box > Select Proofing in the left pane
- Click on Autocorrect Options > It will open a new box.
3 – Fraction character in AutoCorrect box
The AutoCorrect box will open if you used a shortcut or followed the steps above.
Now you only have to change one thing in the AutoCorrect box. Please follow these three easy steps below.
- First, click on the AutoFormat tab above.
- Under Replace > Make a check in front of Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½).
- Lastly, click OK to confirm the changes.
Now you can type fractions in Word that automatically convert to a fraction character.
Once you open the AutoCorrect box, you can also do three other steps.
- Here you have to click on the AutoFormat As You Type tab above.
- Under Replace as you type > Make a check in front of Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½).
- Lastly, click OK to confirm the changes.
Remember that you can always remove the automatic fraction character by ticking the small checkbox off.
Use Symbol to insert other mixed fractions in Microsoft Word
You can find a few fractions under Symbol, but these are less frequent (e.g.,⅓, ⅔, ⅕, ⅖, ⅗, ⅘). It is easy to access this mixed fraction in Microsoft Word in a few steps explained below.
- Open your Word document, and click on the Insert tab.
- Go to the far right ribbon and click on Symbol.
- Then click on More Symbols.
As you can see, there are already fractions under Symbol. These are the most recent symbols used in your Word document, so they differ from one another. This way, you can easily insert fractions in Word if you go under Insert > Symbols.
Now a box called Symbol opens up. Make sure you are in the Symbols tab at the top.
Then go to Subset > Click on the line or arrow and select Number Forms, by scrolling down or press the letter N on your keyboard.
There are twelve mixed fractions in Symbols. Just select the fraction you want and then click on Insert. Or you can double-click a fraction in the Symbol box. If you close the box, it will automatically type fraction in Microsoft Word.
If you look carefully, you will find a shortcut key for each fraction symbol. When you click once on a symbol, you can see which shortcut to use. Use this to avoid opening the Symbol box.
Remember that the most recently used symbols are visible and easy to find in the Symbol box. You can also find recently used fractions under Insert > Symbols.
Write mixed fractions by using the Equation Tools in Word
You can create a custom fraction in your Word document by following the steps below.
First, you have to go to the Insert tab > Click on Equation in the ribbon. This is the easiest way to open Equation Tools.
Or go to the Insert tab > Go to Equation and click on the arrow > select Insert New Equation. It will also open Equation Tools.
Now a small field where you can Type equation here appears on your document. But you can’t write a mixed fraction in Microsoft Word here yet.
At the same time, a new tab appears at the top, called the Equation Tools. Here you have to select Fraction > Then choose which fraction design you want to use. In the example below, we will use the first one, called the stacked fraction.
Once you click on the stacked fraction, the small field changes into the chosen style. There are two small boxes on top of each other. Now you can type in the fractions in Word, shown in steps in the below picture.
- The selected fraction style appears, with two small boxes.
- Type in the desired number in the top box, the numerator.
- Type in the desired number in the bottom box, the denominator.
It is easy to type in custom fractions in Word and it also looks professional.
Tip: You can use the same fraction style by copying it once you insert it. First, you should double-click on the fraction. Then copy it by pressing CTRL + C on your keyboard. Or copy it by right-clicking on it and select Copy. Then you can paste it again into your Word document and change the numbers. You will avoid going through the steps, Insert > Equation > Fraction > Fraction style.
This is how you can write a mixed fraction in Microsoft Word. Hope this is helpful for any future work!
Fractions can be used for many reasons, like baking recipes, time, or other measures. The easiest way to type fraction in Microsoft Word is to use the Math AutoCorrect, which automatically converts it into a fraction character. You can find the less frequent fractions in Symbol. For professional use, you can write a mixed fraction in Word by using the Equation Tools.